Nipawin - June 23, 2000 - By: Mario deSantis

cultural gap
is not
with the Aboriginal people

In my last writing I highlighted the phony effort of this government to bridge the gap with the
Aboriginal people by preaching a change of attitudes just at the time when the Aboriginal
leadership is accused of mishandling our finances(1). My contention was that the most important
cultural gap is not with the Aboriginal people but between the "few and privileged" versus the
"poor and disfranchised(2)."


Therefore, today, as I read the article "Vast extension of human rights urged(3)," I find the
consolation that more people are understanding that the roots of our current social disparity is
due to our systemic economic discrimination against the poor. This article makes reference to
the report "Promoting Equality: A New Vision" and quotes Justice Gerard La Forest saying
that "Canadian human rights law should protect the most economically disadvantaged from

the abuses
of no-fault insurance

I had a little laugh as well when I reflected that human rights laws are circumvented by our own
government and by our own Legislative Assembly. Currently, I have been exposed to the abuses
of no-fault insurance in Saskatchewan and therefore I can make direct reference to the related
legislation which negates the rights for an injured person to have his own doctor or an alternative
rehabilitation program; and to the abuses of the insurance adjusters when they continually harass
their injured clients by putting them under surveillance, by discounting their voices, by
subjectively denying legitimate claims, and by putting them into forced rehabilitation programs
which further increase their pains and suffering(4).

government breaks the laws

With the present mind set of our leadership, Canadian human rights laws are insufficient to
protect our basic individual rights. Here in Saskatchewan, Premier Roy Romanow prides
himself of having been responsible to the creation of the Saskatchewan Human Rights
Commission(5), yet his own government breaks the laws and has become above the law(6).
----------References & Endnotes:
  Quote by Donella Meadows "challenging a paradigm is not a part-time job. It is not sufficient to make your point once and then blame the world for not getting it. The world has a vested interest in, a commitment to, not getting it. The point has to be made patiently and repeatedly, day after day after day"
  General reference: Articles by Mario deSantis published by Ensign


Asserting Human Rights by Changing Attitudes in a land for the Few and Privileged, by Mario deSantis and reviewed by James deSantis, June 19, 2000


From a global point of view refer to Its up to Nature Now, by Timothy Shire, June 22, 2000


Vast extension of human rights urged, Luiza Chwialkowska, National Post, June 22, 2000


Coalition Against No Fault In Saskatchewan. Transcipts Of Our First Meeting In Regina! Transcipts Of Our Second Meeting In Saskatoon!


Honourable Roy Romanow, Q.C., Premier of Saskatchewan


Premier Romanow is breaking down Saskatchewan's Rule of Law, by Mario deSantis, June 17, 1999